HKND Group Supports Nicaragua's Third Ecological Parade
· Let's walk together for the Environment
HKND Group, the sole concessionaire of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal Project, supported the Third Ecological Parade held in Managua on June 4 (Sunday), as one of the sponsors. More than 6,000 people from various governmental institutions, several environmental organizations, over 30 schools, churches, the Nicaraguan Army, the National Police, private companies and the general public participated in this activity.
The Ecological Parade is organized jointly by the Government of Nicaragua, the National Recycling Forum (FONARE) and several universities. It aims to raise environmental awareness among the public and promote good habits to protect Mother Earth.
World Environment Day is celebrated on June 5, a day that reminds us of the importance of protecting and conserving our home, planet Earth. “Connecting People to Nature”, the theme for World Environment Day 2017, implores us to get outdoors and into nature, to appreciate its beauty, and think about how we are part of nature and how intimately we depend on it.
“During the Ecological Parade, we encourage participants to learn about and explore the natural resources of Nicaragua, known as the land of lakes and volcanoes, and to protect them to ensure a greener future for the next generations,” said HKND Group.
As part of its support to the environmental protection in Nicaragua, HKND Group has also made efforts on various fronts, such as the educational reforestation activities in the department of Rivas and has committed to collaborate with the Government of Nicaragua to preserve the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve, one of Central America’s most important protected areas, and Lake Cocibolca or Lake Nicaragua.
Kamilo Lara, Executive Director of FONARE, indicated that the ecosystem in Nicaragua is fragile, and the natural resources in this country are vulnerable to many threats, thus protection of the environment in Nicaragua requires the participation of all sectors of the society. He said, “I believe that when it comes to environmental protection, the private companies plays the most important role provided that they are compliant with environmental legislation and they shoulder responsibilities towards the society and environment. And we believe they are environment-friendly companies not because they sponsor an environmental activity, but because they are responsible companies that can carry out concurrent projects for environmental restoration.”
Regarding the impact that infrastructure companies may have on the environment, Lara said that "there is always a clear line of (that) the projects should have an environmental restoration component." In the case of the Interoceanic Canal Project, Lara added that "within its environmental impact studies, and as what environmental organizations have said, this has to be a project of environmental restoration of the areas already intervened, along the route of the Interoceanic Canal, because we have always said that the Canal must be at the service of nature and not the nature at the service of the Canal.”
“I participate in the parade because it is a way to contribute to a change. This is an extraordinary activity. And to tell the truth, it has received considerable support. It is a good way to make people aware of how to take better care of the environment,” said Alexandra López, a student at the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI), who walks along with her classmates in the parade.
At the end of the route, a cultural and environmental performance was held. “People enjoy a cultural event with the aim of continuing to promote good behavioral habits for nature conservation. Through plays, dances and music, we express that beautiful message of love towards our Mother Earth,” said Evelia Sosa, representative of UPOLI.